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Veterans Preferred - Logistics Operations Team Lead

Company: Kite Pharma
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Job Description:

Military Veterans are Encouraged to Apply. -Kite is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.

Job Description

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal - curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Would you like to join us in this mission?

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Supply Chain team as a Logistics Operations Team Lead to be based out of our corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. The Lead, internally known as a Senior Supply Chain Specialist, is a critical role inside the Supply Chain Logistics & Cell Order Management organization. He/She will be responsible for providing support for the logistics operations team and will also provide customer centric support for managing the end-to-end physical and systems logistics flow of commercial product, which involves the transport of cryogenically frozen human engineered cells. The Lead will work on addressing logistics, transportation, and order management issues and as such, this role is considered fast paced with high accountability due to the time sensitive nature of getting our products to patients.

Responsibilities of the Logistics Operations Team Lead Include:

  • Acts as the key point of contact for escalations related to finished product and apheresis logistics operations for the US, Canada, and Australia
  • Owns deviation records arising from the Supply Chain logistics area
  • Acts as the Logistics and Cell Order Management SME supporting new country expansion
  • Develops training curriculum and tools to enable streamlined on boarding of new Logistics Coordinators
  • Identifies and implements continuous improvement opportunities
  • Processes entries into the Logistics Vendor Issue Log to track supplier issues
  • Coordinates and operationally manage key logistics suppliers including the supply, delivery and return of Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) Shippers
  • Absorbs additional tasks as elevated to support end-to-end logistics management for commercial cell orders
  • Coaches Logistics Coordinators on resolving operational issues resulting from process or system errors including but not limited to:

    -Order creation in EBS for Commercial Logistics

    -Order management and adjustment

    -Order scheduling

    -Order troubleshooting

    -Transportation scheduling issue resolution - representing Kite as the key point of contact for logistics vendors

    -Shipment creation

    -Intermediate and Final Product shipment coordination and supply

    -Shipment Tracking

    -Invoice Initiation after proof of deliver

    -Revenue reconciliations (e.g.: Order cancellations)

    Basic Qualifications:

    MS/MA Degree with 3+ years of experience with Supply Chain and/or Operations and/or cGMP manufacturing


    BS/BA Degree with 5+ years of experience with Supply Chain and/or Operations and/or cGMP manufacturing


    High School Degree with 9+ years of experience with Supply Chain and/or Operations and/or cGMP manufacturing

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Ability to work with multiple database and electronic systems
    • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
    • Ability to work independently
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
    • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
    • Flexible to a growing and changing work environment and work structure
    • Working knowledge of biologic material transport
    • Experience with Oracle/ERP, courier, and material ordering portals
    • Experience in writing SOPs and owning quality records (e.g. deviations, change controls)

      Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!


      Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit . Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at .

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      As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability,genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

      Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Kite has made the decision to require all U.S. employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

      For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'EEO is the Law' poster.



      Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

      Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

      For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

      Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.

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